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stagnation and promotion

manager

I like to draw the attention of a person or a group of persons who is legal expert or who has an expertise on Right to Information Act or filing of Public Interest litigations or who is well experienced in dealing with court cases related to servicemen on following points and expect some solution in the interest of service men community. I like to draw the attention of even politicians who has strong will to change the prevailing bad culture and corrupt practices in administrative, political and judicial system in the country.

 

When a bank or any government office is unable to promote an employee due to shortage of vacancies in upper cadre , bank should not stagnate the employee only because he has reached the last stage of his scale .This is a fundamental question concerning all employees who are not getting annual increment only because he could not get promotion in time due to management’s fault or due to corrupt interview panel who promote an employee not on the basis of performance but on the basis of gift or money he receives from the employee. It is ironical that in government offices, departments, insurance companies and banks seniors are getting lesser increment whereas in private sectors seniors are worshipped like owners, promoters and savers of the firm. This is why private sector flourishes in real worth whereas public sector officers are facing continuous erosion in value.

 

In this age of flattery there is no respect for policy or performance. An officer is promoted only when he or she has a God father in upper echelon or he has pleased his boss with huge gifts in cash or in kind or bought and motivated the top executive who is a member of Interview panel. HRD policies in bank promote chamcha culture, RBI and Ministry of Finance or Banking Division all irrigates and promotes such culture. The more one is corrupt, the more he is flatterer and the higher is he posted. This is why cancer of corruption is growing unabated and even vulnerable department like defense is sick of this disease.

 

There are many EDs and CMDs of banks and government departments whose history is full of instances of indulging in corruption. If CBI conducts an honest inquiry in the credit decision taken by top executives, loan waived by them, and present status of loan sanctioned by them directly or indirectly trough his team of chamchas, bad advances hidden by them, personal assets accumulated by them, I think eight out of ten top executives will be found suitable for severe punishment and not fit for even junior posts.

Unfortunately in our country even authorities entrusted with duty of unearthing corrupt practices and bringing corrupt persons to justice are themselves indulged in corruption to a great extent. Then who will bell the cat is a million dollar question. So called clean and honest PM like Manmohan Singh expresses his helplessness on the front of corruption, naxalism and terrorism very wisely and boldly.

 

It is due to such wrong policies perpetuated by corrupt and greedy executives that even an officer like Madhuri Gupta could hold an important, sensitive and vulnerable post for more tan 30 years, get whimsical posting and promotions for such a long period inspite of the fact that she indulged in anti-national activities and worked as an agent of Pakistan silently.

 

Mrs. Rabri Devi, wife of Lalu Yadav could became Chief Minister of Bihar not because she was an able administrator, experienced politician or a knowledgeable lady , but because flatters of Lalu Yadav had vested interest to support her.

 

 Similarly Mr. Lalu Yadav could get the post of Railway Minister despite his involvement in thousand crore Chara Ghotala because ruling government led by UPA and Congress party wanted to survive with his support.

 

 Mr. Ratore could get promotions after promotions and best posting despite Ruchika’s case because of his god liasoning with his bosses and because he could shut the mouth and eyes of his bosses by keeping them happy through gifts in cash and kind.

 

Raju in Satyam computers could perpetuate fraud in thousands of crores of rupees for years together and win even the award of best corporate governance because he was surrounded by his greedy flatterers, greedy team of Chartered Accountants and corrupt ministers.

 

Madhu Koda Ex Chief Minister of Jharkhand and Reddy brothers in Andhra Pradesh could commit fraud with the government treasury in billion of rupees because he or they got the support of flatter team of IAS, IPS and other monitoring officers.Mayawati, Mulayam, Lalu like CM reshuffle senior officers like playing cards .Only a team of officers who are yes-men ,flatterer and ready to support and executive all ill motivated work ordered by ministers of the government can only survive and flourish in his or her career. This is the fate of good officers in all banks. There are several Raju in all banks who makes the balance sheet shining and who manage Chartered Accountants at various levels, officers working in Banking division, ministry of finance , top bureaucrats , top politicians  all over the country.

 

In brief in our country even a donkey is posted on top post he can survive and get continuous elevation in career provided he or she has enough acumen to earn bribe and share with is bosses.

 

 It is also a bitter truth all frauds continues and continues until shareholders of the fraud are divided. Frauds are seldom unearthed by CA. CBI or any investigating agency, not to speak of nip in the bud.

 

As such my second point to attract your attention is that in my opinion there should not be any scope of Interview for existing employee for giving him promotion because quality of his services have already been tested and attested by management for a decade or two or even three.

Even 25 marks allotted for Interview in any departmental promotion processes are enough to make or mar the career of an officer in a bank or any government office. It is a bitter truth of our country that a corrupt officer get 25 out of 25 in interview process whereas a performer get hardly 10 out of 25 which results in diluting the effect of performance of an employee or good marks obtained by him in his appraisals. The great Supreme Court has even advised transparency in appraisal system, but banks management seldom respect even court advises if it hurts the personal interest of its executives. The more power is delegated in bosses the more chances of misutilisation of power and perpetuation of corrupt practices exists and increases in the system.

 

 This is happening in not only in banks but also in all other  government departments and this is why, whenever a new Chief Minister takes charge of a state, several IAS and IPS officers are transferred from one place to another as per whims and fancies of the ministers in the new government. Majority of decisions on postings, promotions and transfers are taken on the basis of earning capacity of the officer who can share his illegal earnings with the minister or support the minister in carrying out his illegal tasks for the benefit of his kith and kin or his party men.

 

In conclusion there should not be any stagnation in any scale of any cadre of any officer of any department or office or bank and there should be no Interview for existing employees to be promoted.

In my opinion whimsical posting, arbitrary promotions and abrupt but ill motivated transfers are the root causes of all corrupt practices prevailing in the Indian administrative, judiciary and political system. It is the power delegated to persons sitting at post empowered to take whimsical decisions which irrigates ,cultivates and promotes the culture of flattery and demotivates the person who actually work and believe in honest performance.

 

It is unfortunate that no remedy can be obtained even from courts even after lapse of a decade or two .This is the reason that management of a bank or any office or any organ of the government at state or national level indulge in selling promotions and postings and in turn contributes directly or indirectly, willingly or unwillingly, in increasing the level of corruption.

 

I therefore request advocates to file PIL or any suitable court case which can immediately stop unhealthy practices. To begin with, one can start with stopping the ongoing promotion processes in a bank. I hope experts will take the initiative and oblige serving employees of the country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Bank officers Association are getting monthly subscripttion of Rs.100 to Rs.200 from each member every month. In addition they will get levy of Rs.3000/ from each member in lieu of bipartite settlement signed on 27th April 2010. Members are happy or not, that is immaterial.

 

I think total accumulated fund of Officers Association in various banks will grow to hundreds of crores of rupees. This fund is not only enough to meet the usual traveling and staying expenses incurred by union leaders for various issues but also more than enough to meet even entire salaries of all union leaders.

 

As a matter of fact union leaders are more often than not, busy in union matters and hence they hardly do any work for the branch or office they are posted. It is pity that even officer community in general is not happy with their performance as union leaders. On the contrary their actual energy is lost in saving bad officers and seldom used for any gain for honest workers or for any relief to those honest officers who have been arbitrarily posted in critical areas or rejected in promotion processes due to ill motive of executives. They have failed in giving relief to officers who have been made scapegoat for fraud and irregular credit committed by corrupt officers.

 

In such position I am of the opinion that these union leaders should be removed from muster roll of the bank and bank should stop paying salary to these leaders. Instead such leaders should be professionally trained to serve the interest of officers who are associated with the union and they should be paid by their parent Union itself. In this way bank will save crores of rupees which are paid as salaries and perquisites to these non performing officers. Bank can use this saved money in creation of new jobs for hundreds and thousands of young unemployed persons. Besides, removing from bank’s duty, union leaders will have full time to think about their members. Since these leaders do only union activities, it will be right from all angle of consideration that their salary should be paid by union fund only.

 

In case officers do not agree to this proposal or they apprehend that their interest by outsiders will be jeopardized ,they should solemnly declare and take oath that they would not nominate any retired officer as their union leader in future and make best efforts to replace retired officers serving as union leaders with officers who are in service. Because leaders who are no more in service cannot fight seriously and devotedly for better interest of serving employees, rather they look into avenues to cheat serving employees and give maximum benefit to those who have either retired or resigned or removed from the bank. Latest settlement is the ideal example for such sorry state of affairs prevailing in Bank and pitiable position of officers compared to other employees working in Central Government offices or PSUs.

 

In addition to this they should be made accountable and punishable for any lapse on union activities and their performance should be judged by a group of hundred officers who are actively working in the bank. Expenses incurred by union leaders should be fully scrutinized by a team of at least ten Chartered Accountants and the certified balance sheet of union fund should be circulated among all members. Officer should also appoint some legal experts in each district or at least in state capitals to stop injustice perpetuated by bank management only because they know judicial proceedings in India is too costly and too much cumbersome and time consuming that one is constrained to bear with injustice.

 

Leaders will then learn a lesson, understand the importance of their role and at least not repeat the history of committing blunder of signing a agreement of wage revision which has instead of solving problems of their poorly paid members has created so many anomalies and tried its best to divide officers community by accepting various discriminatory rules like recovery from PF optees (leaving pension optees), causing loss to VRS optees, resignees, family pension takers, fitment of officers at the state of Rs23520 in scale III and that in scale IV at the same stage and so on. Not only this, many clerks will get better arrear due to this latest settlement compared to officers in junior or middle management. There is no Stagnation in any increment of Central Government employees in ay cadre as per latest Pay Commission Report, but it continues to deprive senior office of annual increment  for none of their fault.

 

If we talk of other issues, it is worthwhile to mention here that management in collusion with violating even their transfer policies, misusing policy meant for rural posting framed by Government of India, misusing policy for posting in North East region, giving promotion to corrupt and flatter officers taking advantage of Interview marks (which an interviewer can give whimsically to make or mar the career of an officer of his choice) Union leaders is silent spectator of torturous treatment given to good officers who are real performers but who do not have time to flatter executives and provide costly gifts to their bosses.

 

There are thousands of officers who have been continuously working in villages, officers in Non Metros are transferred frequently form one region to other, one state to other and even one zone to other whereas officers posted in Metros are seldom transferred out of their parent state. There is a policy that upto scale III officers will not be transferred out of region but this policy is violated frequently and union leaders remain silent spectators.

 

There is a policy that an officer cannot work in a region for ten years continuously, management allows many to continue or adjust them back in the same place after giving a formal break of one month outside the state. Is this not enough to prove that there is reign of injustice under the umbrella of union leaders?

 

Banks are performing better and better despite man power constraints but the real fruits of this growth are hardly shared with junior officers who work hard day and night for the growth.

 

Danendra Jain

Agartala

05.06.2010

 

 
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